Hang in there, you will soon be restored. Until that happens, seek the welfare of your predicament. Its welfare will be your welfare.
The prophet Jeremiah prophesied about the exile of God’s people into Babylonian captivity. There were three exiles before Jerusalem was finally breached and burned. Jeremiah was one of the remnants left in Jerusalem until their final exile. Before the fall of Jerusalem, he writes to his people already exiled, prophesying that they will remain in Babylon for 70 years. But God would not abandon his people there. He had a plan to restore them. A plan to bring shalom on his loved ones with a promise of a hope-filled future.
You may feel as though you’re in a Babylonian exile today. Perhaps you’ve lost your job or find yourself in a desolate place. It could be your circumstances have changed such that you wake up every morning longing back for the good ‘ol days of peace and comfort. If that’s you then God’s promise is, “I know the plans I have for you, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
No matter what season of life you’re in, your story can end in restoration. So, fix your eyes on Jesus and acknowledge the Lord every day. Seek the Lord on how you can be an influence under the circumstances you find yourself in today. As with the Jews in Jeremiah’s day, the Lord promises you shalom – peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, tranquillity and welfare.
So, hang in there. You will soon be restored. But until that happens, strive for the welfare of your predicament. Its welfare will be your welfare.
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